RTI activists oppose plan to amend RTI Act

Their appeal to people: Send phonogram to PM


Danish Raza | March 6, 2010

Want to tell the prime minister that he is not right in favouring amendments to the RTI Act? Send him a phonogram.

Well, this is what activists in Maharashtra are asking people to do to express their displeasure by sending phonogram- a facility provided by BSNL for sending telegram through the phone.

“It is good that UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi has already voiced her opposition, but let us not take comfort in that. You and I must also tell the prime minister and other decision-makers that they need to implement the law and not amend it,” said G.R.Vora, Mumbai based RTI activist, the brain behind the initiative.

How do you send phonogram? First you have to dial 1585 and get a registration number.

After some time, you will receive a call from the telegraph office asking> for phonogram details. This is when you have to read the message which you want to send with details of the sender as well as the receiver. At the end of the call you will be a unique code for future reference.

 Vora has sent the message “We thank Mrs Sonia Gandhi for taking a strong pro-people stand. Implement the RTI Act and do not amend it. Chief Justice of India must be as transparent and accountable as other public authorities,” to the offices of the prime minister, Sonia Gandhi, Union law
 minister Veerappa Moily, minister of state for DoPT, Prithviraj Chavan and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi.



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